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|Posted on February 13, 2017 at 2:01 PM||comments ()|
What we used:
heart shaped paper (foam, stickies or construction paper will do) pink, red or white
pom pom balls
decorative valentines day bags
couple pieces of candy to fill
heart shaped balloons
Enjoy making your #Valentines, whether homemade or conventional, just take the time to do it! It will bring excitement and joy to your child and create memories for you both, that you will cherish forever.
May love, happiness and joy fill your day this #Valentines. #HappyHearts to you! Dyan
|Posted on October 27, 2016 at 3:43 PM||comments ()|
#Halloween family fun at the library
Are you looking for something to do for #Halloween besides trick or treat? Check out your local libraries. Our local library always has something going on for the kids whether young or old. This year they have the usual trick-or treating at the library for the younger kids. They are also offering some other special activities on making Boo bubbles and paranormal activities for the older kids. I was interested to see what other libraries offer in other areas and there are some pretty cool activities and #Halloween Family fun! Some libraries offer a whole night of #Halloween activities with bouncy houses, face painting, games and other neat things to do with your family.
Others offer #Halloween crafts, story readings and teaching how to apply costume make-up. The events are not typically on #Halloween but a few days before or different activities offered throughout the month.
What a great and typically “Free” way to have some extra holiday family fun!
I came across some pretty neat websites for #Halloween activities that I thought I would share filled with activities that are fun and educational.
(Adult supervision required-remember safety first)
Go online and google your public library to see what activities they are offering for #Halloween Family Fun! And enjoy the time with your family learning, playing and spending time together! Your kid will also get another wear out of that Halloween costume. Make it a Boo….tiful day! All of my best, Dyan
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|Posted on March 28, 2016 at 3:29 PM||comments ()|
Don't know what to do with those uneaten hard boiled #Eastereggs still in your fridge? Instead of throwing them away, have another #Easteregg hunt, just for fun! Then throw them away. We typically do our traditional #Easteregg hunt with plastic eggs. No one really ever eats the hard boiled eggs, so we always do an "after" #Easteregg hunt with the colored ones. I feel at least we do get another use from all the time spent decorating the eggs, instead of just throwing the pretty eggs away. My daughter loves it and I don't feel as wasteful.
Will this be the last #Easteregg hunt of the year for us? Doubtful, we do them all the time. My daughter loves to hide them by herself and then have a pretend egg hunt. I hide them for her too. It is a great way for her to entertain herself, which being a only kid sometimes gets tough for her to do. She fills them up with different items from around the house, coins, fuzzy wuzzies, any trinkets she can find and hides them. It is a great way to have fun through out the year and to stimulate pretend play. So, will this be our last #EasterEgg hunt of the year? Absolutely not!! Have fun hiding those eggs whether real or pretend and may your children have fun finding them. All my best, Dyan
What we learn: Other uses for our once a year toys or games therefore instilling reuse, creativity, sizing objects...what will fit in what size egg, practice opening and closing the eggs learning patience...sometimes the plastic eggs are not so easy to close.
What we share: Inexpensive fun game time, a shared activity and plain #oldfashioned fun!
#Music and #kids go together so well! #childrensmusic Let music #inspire you to do something fun with your kid today!
|Posted on March 22, 2016 at 5:15 PM||comments ()|
#Music and #kids go together so well!
Let music #inspire you to do something fun with your kid today!
SWING, SWING, SWING IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE
(enter swing, swing, swing moms, kids and friends in search field)
OR CLICK ON EITHER LINK BELOW:
I've always loved #music for the joy it brings into my life. #Music can bring you back to special times in your life, it book marks special events in your life, it can #inspire, it can make you happy, it can make you sad, it can make you think, move, sing, motivate, bring people together...the list goes on and on! #beinspired
What I like most about #music is the joy it brings my daughter and I when we are playing, dancing, singing, doing chores or learning new things. There's nothing better then listening to music to make everything just right!
My daughter has #inspired me to incorporate more music into our lives. I love it and more importantly, she loves it too! It has helped me teach her important things about her life and environment.
I realized when she was just a baby how #music made everything better, taking baths, playing and learning. She responded so well to simple everyday tasks when I would put them to song. As she grew, she started helping sing the many songs that we still sing today. I love #music and have instilled in her this same love of #music. I am thrilled that she loves #music! She is learning how to play the piano and sings just about everywhere she goes. #Music to us is fun, #inspiring, positive, motivational, reflective, nurturing and makes everything better.
I have released my first single and it it now available on iTunes, cdbaby.com and amazon music.
You can check it out on my face book page too:
under music player.
Swing Swing Swing (the opening #music on moms kids and friends)is a song about playing at the play ground with friends while enjoying all the beauty around you. Take a listen, I think you will love it! I do have to warn you though, it's very fun, catchy and will definitely want to make you get up and dance or swing at the park and you will probably be singing it for the rest of the day.
Download it, listen, dance and sing with your #kid....#beinspired and get ready to get your happy on....you'll be glad you did. All of my best to you, Dyan
#Music and #kids...go together so well!
SWING, SWING, SWING IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE
(enter swing, swing, swing moms, kids and friends in search field)
OR CLICK ON EITHER LINK BELOW:
|Posted on March 15, 2016 at 4:01 PM||comments ()|
She was so excited to wake and see if the #Leprechaun ate his gold coin from last night and to see if he turned the toilets green and if the #Leprechaun left her any treats.
This year she somehow managed to remember that she leaves actual coins for the Leprechaun and he leaves her a chocolate gold coin a day (every morning) in exchange for her coin (that she makes a wish with every night). I told her I didn't remember it that way, but she insisted and she is having so much fun making wishes I couldn't resist playing a long.
As she feel asleep last night we talked about the past couple years of St Pattys day, what it means and what the #Leprechaun did in our home. It was fun to relive the memories with her, as she started to drift off to sleep, she wondered what this year would bring.
I decided not to go too crazy and found a green lunch bag, drew a lucky shamrock on it and put a bottle of green bubbles, green mints and gold coins in it for her. Much, much simpler than years past. She was delighted as the mints are her new favorite candy.
She checked all the toilets (to see if they were green), it was a fun way to start her day, not to mention to get her out of bed on time and ready for school.
On our way leaving our neighborhood, she noticed a Shamrock Farms delivery truck pass by us and said "Mom, it is going to be a lucky day!" I love the fact that she is so positive, so observant and so reminiscent of my mother, who always believed in old wives tales and luck! May the luck of the #Leprechaun be with you this St. Pattys day!
May all your wishes and rainbow dreams come true!
All of my best, Dyan
|Posted on March 4, 2016 at 10:36 AM||comments ()|
Please enjoy this post from last March. The best part is my daughter changed the tradition again this year...lol....more on that later. In the meantime, enjoy creating memories with your child that you both will treasure for years to come! All of my best, Dyan
We are keeping up with holiday traditions this year. My daughter decided that she wanted to put out her special rainbow craft she made in preschool and every night we need to put out a gold coin for the #Leprechaun, make a wish and leave it for the #Leprechaun to eat.....she said we did that last year, I don't remember making St Patricks Day so involved, but she has insisted upon it.
So, that is what we have done every night before she goes to bed, we take a gold coin and set it next to her special rainbow, she closes her eyes and makes a wish. Really and truly a precious moment to experience!!
Yes, it is a lot of work to remember to open the coin at night (or morning) if I forget the night before, and dispose of the candy, but it is worth it. She loves the idea of putting out a coin and making a wish and hoping for that #Leprechaunmagic!
This one might not be for you, but I can't help playing a long. For many reasons,...she believes in the magic, it is exciting for her to do every night and it is something she looks forward to every evening. But, the most important reason of all for me, is I know these moments of believing in the fairy tales of life (Santa, the tooth fairy and the Easter bunny) will soon be coming to pass. So yes, I will go along with her and cherish each and every second of these childhood beliefs. I will believe in the magic and relish in her belief in the magic of the #Leprechaun. May your days be filled with the simple pleasures of life seen through the eyes of your child. May the magic of the #Leprechaun fill your home with joy. All of my best, Dyan
|Posted on November 30, 2015 at 2:30 PM||comments ()|
Practice #Patience with your kid - Baking a good learning tool
We all need a little #patience, right? I think there was a song about that…. If you are lucky enough to be a #patient person, I wish I was more like you! One way that I practice #patience is when I am #baking with my daughter. I love to #bake! And this time of year is the best time to #bake. It is like a switch goes off and my oven is in use all the time. Something to do with the fresh cool air and the holidays right around the corner and my need to reconnect with myself and my family through good old fashioned #baking.
My daughter and I have enjoyed this shared experience since she could stand up next to me in the kitchen (she even was my audience while still in her high chair). Every time we #bake, I come to the same conclusion… I love creating things with her in the kitchen, I am a bit of a control freak (a this is how we do it kind of person - so is my daughter) and I have to be #PATIENT!
This past week we did all things #pumpkin. #Pumpkin pancakes – yum! #Pumpkin cheesecake, #pumpkin chia seed pudding – yum yum!! (See Holiday page for recipe).
One way to practice #patience with your kid is to #bake. I find that when I #bake with my daughter I have to practice patience, real patience. She is eager to learn and create. She loves to measure, mix and pour. She has always loved to create things in a bowl making some concoction or another. I am a good baker, I always have been. But I know that it takes patience, correct measurements, time and having the mix of the right ingredients.
Since she was little I had to always take a deep breath to let her do the work, pouring, sifting, folding, stirring, measuring whatever the next step was, I had to take a step back and let her do it. This simple small step has given me the ability to teach her and grow with her in the kitchen. Even if it means, cracked eggshells in your dish, liquids spilled on the counter, flour everywhere, licked fingers in the bowl for the second, third or fourth time.
I tell myself she is learning, growing and one day will be a good baker and it is OK to make the mess as long as you clean it up, right?
Over the past several years I am finding that I am finally becoming more #patient. I am standing back and letting her have some control. After all, there are so many valuable lessons, learning opportunities and quality time spent with #baking (I always want this to be something fun we do together), not to mention the delicious creations you can make!
#Patience with #baking is not only practice for you, but for your kid. My daughter is always in the hurry up and pour, create and taste mood. She also likes to have complete control. While #baking I take the time to tell her the importance of correct measuring, mixing and the many safety rules of a kitchen. She has to practice #patience too, which is why this is such a valuable educational task for both of you.
Still don’t think you can be #patient?
If you cannot stand to relinquish the control…you can do what one of my friends does. She gives some ingredients to her daughter including her own bowls and measuring cups and lets her make her own in her own bowl. A good way to mix fun and learning without having to be so #patient.
All of us could use a bit more #patience. In this time and age we live in, it seems everywhere I turn people are getting more and more impatient. Standing in line at a store, traffic light, school pick-up, with your kids, your spouse….the list goes on and on. I am just as guilty as the next and have really been trying to focus on being #patient in every aspect of my life, with everyone that I interact with on a daily basis. Deep breathing, thinking before I act and now #baking. Grab your favorite cookbook, google your favorite recipe, get your kid in the kitchen and spend some quality time #baking. All of my best, Dyan
What I learned: Be more flexible, lighten up and that messes and mistakes are okay.
What we learned: #Baking improves many skills and is a wonderful learning tool. Depending on your childs age many things can be learned and/or introduced to them. How to organize ingredients, counting, measuring properly wet and dry ingredients, pouring, cracking eggs, stirring, reading the recipe and labels on ingredients, teamwork, textures of the ingredients, patience, creativity, an everyday task has a plethora of educational value, introducing the concept of fractions, clean-up, kitchen safety the list goes on….what a great way to be with each other, create something delicious and special for yourselves and family.
|Posted on November 5, 2015 at 5:56 PM||comments ()|